This strand of Exmoor Singers’ activities gives us the opportunity to explore a varied range of repertoire with our extended choral family. Explorations began in 2015, with a session including Striggio 40/60-part Missa sopra “Ecco sì beato giorno”. Explorations are open to all singers, on payment of the fee for each event. They often end with an informal performance of the music studied, and sometimes feed into future concerts. The fee will include music for the day, either as published or public domain booklets (which can be retained at the end of the session), or hire copies (which must be returned).
Explorations 7: Sunday 11 June 2017 – Shipwrecks, islands, seascapes. Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road SW7
Two remarkable contemporary works with a maritime flavour: Peter McGarr’s Love you big as the sky is a Tallis Festival commission which celebrates the Northumbrian coast with wildlife, lighthouses, childhood memories and poetry. This is coupled with Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Canticum calamitatis maritimae, dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the shipwreck of the Estonia on 28 September 1994. Full details and application form.
Explorations 8: Sunday 9 July 2017 – Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road SW7
A suitably joyous way to round off this set of Explorations.
Explorations 6: Saturday 6 May 2017 – Modern Madrigals. St Stephen’s Church Hall, 48 Emperor’s Gate SW7
An evocative setting, by Joby Talbot, of The Wishing Tree by Kathleen Jamie was paired with John Rutter’s Five birthday madrigals and Wilbye’s Draw on, sweet Night.
Explorations 5: Saturday 8 April 2017 – Lassus St Matthew Passion for Palm Sunday weekend
The first of Orlando di Lasso’s four Passions – the St Matthew, published in 1575 was paired with three Palm Sunday motets by Morales, Scheidt and Gibbons.
Explorations 4: Sunday 12 March 2017 – French 20th-century Latin church music
Poulenc Mass in G major and motets by Duruflé and Messiaen, St Stephen’s church, Gloucester Road
Explorations 3: Sunday 12 February 2017
Monteverdi Beatus vir, Schoenberg Friede auf Erden, Mozart Requiem, St Stephen’s church, Gloucester Road
Explorations 2: Sunday 28 February and Sunday 13 March 2016
Latin church motets by Byrd and Tallis – St Stephen, Gloucester Road, church hall
Two half-day sessions, looking at less-familiar motets by two great English composers. The sessions helped determine the programme for a concert later in the year.
Explorations 1: Sunday 7 June 2015
Striggio 40/60-part Mass, Fauré Requiem – Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road
A full-day event, culminating in an informal performance to friends and family of the singers.